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Man dies after assault
A man has been charged with
assault following the death of
another man in Auckland last night.
The victim died shortly after he was
taken to Auckland City Hospital
about 11pm. A crime scene has been
established at Outhwaite Park in
Grafton, where Detective Inspector
Kevin Hooper said the assault was
believed to have happened between
6.30pm and 10.30pm. Mr Hooper
said a man will appear in the
Auckland District Court. — N Z ME
Holiday home razed
A fire burned down a holiday
home and left the house next
door damaged in Hahei, on the
Coromandel Peninsula, early today.
Emergency ser vices were called to
a house on Pa Road about 1.49am
where one property was “totalled”,
fire communications shift manager
Steve Smith said. The property next
door caught on fire but firefighters
were able to save it. Both properties
were vacant at the time. — NZ ME
Murder trial confirmed
The man charged with last year’s
Work and Income shootings in
Ashburton will stand trial this
month, it was confirmed yesterday.
Russell John Tully, 48, denies
murdering Work and Income
workers Peggy Turuhira Noble, 67,
and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, on
September 1 last year. He is also
accused of attempting to murder two
other staff members. The trial, before
Justice Cameron Mander, will start
on November 23. — NZME
Gang link played down
Police have moved to allay fears
of gang hostility in Whanganui.
Inspector Steve Mastrovich reassured
the community the assault and
subsequent death of Craig Rippon is
not the result of tension between rival
gangs. He said the situation “appears
to be confined to a small group of
individuals within the same faction”.
Police have launched a murder probe
into the death of Mr Rippon, 57, on
Sunday. Six people have been charged
and police are not seeking anyone
else. — NZM E -Wanganui Chronicle
A youth charged with manslaughter
after an incident in Invercargill on
Saturday, October 17, was remanded
again in the High Court at Invercargill
yesterday. Justice Cameron Mander,
based in Christchurch, presided
over the hearing via audio-visual
link. He ordered continued interim
name suppression for the youth and
continued suppression of the victim’s
name. The youth, 17, was bailed to
February 2. — Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 11900:
57, 58, 60, 63, 64, 70, 77, 80. Draw No
11901: 1, 3, 4, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22,
23, 28, 30, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47, 59, 71, 74.
Draw No 11902: 2, 4, 5, 7, 18, 29, 31,
32, 33, 36, 37, 46, 47, 48, 55, 63, 64, 66,
69, 78. Draw No 11903: 2, 7, 16, 21,
22, 23, 24, 29, 31, 39, 43, 45, 51, 57, 59,
63, 67, 76, 77, 78.
Alex Fisher murder charge laid
Two men were arrested following the
pursuit of a stolen vehicle across parts of
The pursuit began shortly before 9am
near Papakura when a police patrol
spotted a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer.
Police were forced to abandon the
pursuit but the police helicopter tracked
the vehicle which then had the tyres
spiked and was eventually abandoned
near the Blockhouse Bay shops. Two
men aged 17 and 20 were arrested nearby.
Police say a quantity of stolen goods was
also found in the car.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A Hastings man has been charged with
allegedly beating his baby girl, leaving
her critically injured.
Tuhi Terrence Wiremu Kunaiti, 29, was
arrested on Sunday at a Waitara address,
a Hawke’s Bay police spokesman said.
The family had been in Taranaki for a
gathering, it has been reported.
The one-month-old was rushed to
hospital on Friday with bleeding in her
brain after allegedly being beaten by her
She is currently in Auckland’s Starship
Her father was charged with injuring
with intent to injure, wounding with
reckless disregard and breaching a
protection order. The orchard worker
appeared in the New Plymouth District
Court on Monday. He entered no plea
and will reappear in court next month.
The child’s mother and other family
members were reported to have taken
the baby to the Waitara Medical Centre
and left her there.
The baby, who was born on October
7, was then taken to Taranaki Base
Hospital in a serious condition before
being transferred to Starship Hospital.
A spokesman for the Auckland District
Health Board said the girl, who had
initially been in a paediatric intensive
care unit, was now in a stable condition
and “out of danger”.
The spokesman would not confirm
whether any family members were
staying with the child — only that she
was now in a general ward.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
A man connected to the death of
10-year-old Alex Fisher has been
charged with murder.
In a statement, police said the
charge was laid today against the
25-year-old man who was already
facing a charge of burglary and
possession of a knife.
He is scheduled to appear in the
Levin District Court this afternoon.
Alex went missing in the small
coastal settlement of Waitarere
Beach last month and his body was
found wrapped in blankets on sand
dunes three days later.
Neil Forlong said the homicide
investigation team had made “good
“ While today ’s murder charge
represents a significant step as the
inquiry team works towards finding
answers for Alex and his family,
there is still a lot of work to be done.
“The investigation team’s focus is on
ensuring we complete a very robust
and thorough investigation to support
the court process going for ward.
“In the meantime, Alex’s family are
still coming to terms with their grief,
and have asked for privacy during
what is still a very difficult time.
“ We have continued to keep
them up to date regarding the
investigation, including today’s
updated charge, and will continue to
provide them with the appropriate
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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An international student flying
solo has been grounded after
botching a flying exercise and
damaging an aircraft at Dunedin
Mainland Air general manager
Shirley Kean said the Asian
student was practising a touch-
and-go circuit in a Mainland Air
training aircraft, a Cessna 152.
“ In this landing, he came in
and he didn’t do it properly,” Mrs
The student landed on the
runway but came to a rest on
nearby grass, rather than taking
The pilot, in his 20s, was not
hurt, she said. He began flying solo
about a fortnight ago. After the
crash, the student returned to his
studies at Mainland Air yesterday
afternoon. He was eager to return
to the skies as soon as possible.
“ We probably will put him back
in the air but he won’t be going
solo again for a wee while,” Mrs
Airport chief executive Richard
Roberts said no flights were
delayed and no passengers were
affected by the incident.
A Civil Aviation Authority
spokesman said the Cessna was
damaged in the “ landing accident ”
after the pilot lost control.
“The CAA will work with
the operator to establish the
circumstances and ascertain if any
safety learning opportunities are
available.” — Otago Daily Times
Trainee pilot safe after runway crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters attend a light plane crash at Dunedin airport yesterday.
Prime Minister John
Key accused the Labour
Party of “backing rapists”
in an extraordinary attack
in Parliament yesterday
Today, Mr Key said the
New Zealanders detained
on Christmas Island did
not have to be there.
Mr Key told TV3’s Paul
Henry Show that he did
not like the policy around
the detention centre.
“The whole way through
we’ve said we don’t like
New Zealanders being
sent there. Our point is we
don’t like that, we don’t like
what ’s happening.”
He said New Zealanders
on the island could come
back to the country.
“ You can come back to
New Zealand and you can
come back in a few days,
if you have no issues, or
potentially a few weeks. So
people are electing to stay
“ Firstly, they may not
have a passport because it may have
been cancelled a while ago. Secondly,
they may have mental health issues or a
history of violence, we can’t put them on
a commercial plane.”
New Zealanders on Christmas Island
could return home, but were fighting the
deportation orders, Mr Key said.
“They are absolutely free to come on
home on a plane, they don’t need to
be on Christmas Island and that can
happen within days.”
Mr Key said he did not have the details
of what crimes the New Zealanders on
Christmas Island have committed.
He said it was not true that some
had committed only minor crimes and
he stood by his comments made in the
“A third of all of the people that
actually are in the detention centres
. . . that are New Zealanders, are either
rapists, they ’re murderers, they ’re child
sex offenders or they are responsible for
a serious assault,” he said.
Yesterday’s outburst came after Labour
MP Kelvin Davis shouted at Mr Key on
the way into the House, accusing him
of inaction in helping New Zealand
detainees in Australia.
“ Prime Minister, you’re gutless,” Mr
Davis yelled as Mr Key walked past.
The Labour MP was pushed aside by
Mr Key ’s security staff.
The heated debate continued inside the
Under questioning by Labour leader
Andrew Little, Mr Key went on a
In an angry attack, he said: “Some of
the (detainees) are rapists, some of them
are child molesters, and some of them
“These are the people that the Labour
Party are saying are more important
to support than New Zealanders who
deser ve protecting when they come back
“ Mr Davis, if you want to put yourself
on the side of sex offenders, go ahead my
son, but we’ ll defend New Zealanders.”
Labour MPs yelled that Mr Key had
“ lost the plot ”.
When Mr Little questioned why
New Zealand did not demand more
action from Australia, Mr Key launched
“ You back the rapists,” the Prime
Minister said, before being cut off by the
That prompted a heated
debate across the House.
Labour MP Iain Lees-
Galloway was thrown out
of the debating chamber
after criticising the Speaker.
Labour MPs then staged
a walk-out in protest at Mr
Key ’s comments. Just three
Labour women remained
in the House.
Mr Robertson, making
a point of order, said he
was “deeply offended”
and asked that Mr Key
withdraw his comment.
Speaker David Carter
said the comment could
“It is not a matter of
whether the member was
offended, it is a matter of
whether the House was
offended,” he said.
That prompted further
objections from Labour’s
whip Chris Hipkins and
Green Party co-leader
“This is nothing more
offensive than being
accused of backing rapists,” Mr Hipkins
Mr Carter refused to back down and
make Mr Key withdraw the comment.
The Prime Minister said that in
discussions with his Australian Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his
counterpart had told him that rapists
and murderers were among the people
who were going to be deported.
At the end of parliamentary question
time, the Labour Party sought leave for
vote of no confidence in the Speaker.
National MPs refused to grant leave.
Outside Parliament, Mr Little told
reporters Mr Key had “lost his moral
Asked about Mr Key ’s outburst, the
Labour leader said the Prime Minister
“knows he is on the back foot” on the
Christmas Island issue and his only
response was to “ lash out in a nasty,
vicious way ”.
He said the detainees at the offshore
facility had been convicted of “petty”
offences like shoplifting and driving
Mr Little defended Mr Davis’s
heckling of the Prime Minister outside
the debating chamber.
He said the MP, who visited Christmas
Island two weeks ago, had been taking
“distressing” phone calls from the
detention centre and he “wants the
Prime Minister to know about it”.
Mr Davis said he believed his heckling
had prompted Mr Key ’s angry response
in the House. “ I would say that ’s what ’s
rattled him,” he said.
Mrs Turei said Mr Key ’s comments on
rapists were a “ huge misjudgment ” that
appeared to show he was “ losing it”.
She said his “ weird outburst ” was
deeply offensive, especially for women
MPs who had worked on tackling sexual
and family violence.
United Future leader Peter Dunne said
Mr Key ’s comments were “unfortunate”
and had inflamed an already tense
situation. “ I don’t think this was robust
(debate) today. I think this was one of
the more despicable Q uestion Times. ”
Mr Dunne said the Speaker should
have inter vened. He also said he was
uneasy about New Zealand’s response
to the detainee situation on Christmas
Island, saying the Government appeared
to have been caught “flat-footed”.
PM has lost moral compass: Little
New Zealand’s major lenders
are able to cope with a protracted
downturn in the dairy sector, which
the Reser ve Bank estimates could
cause credit losses of as much as 18%
over a four-year period.
The central bank has requested
the five biggest lenders to the dairy
sector — ASB Bank, ANZ Bank
New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand,
Westpac New Zealand and Rabobank
New Zealand — to stress test their
portfolios, which the Reser ve Bank
sees as a growing risk to the health
of the nation’s financial stability. The
regulator was encouraged by “realistic
provisions” set aside for the portfolios,
and its modelling suggests a sustained
downturn would be manageable for
the wider system.
“The dairy sector faces a second
consecutive season of weak cash
flow due to low international dairy
commodity prices,” governor Graeme
Wheeler said in a statement issued
with today ’s financial stability report.
“Prices have shown some recovery
since August, but many indebted
farms are coming under increased
pressure, which would be exacerbated
if low dairy prices are sustained or
dairy farm prices fall significantly.”
The Reser ve Bank has previously
cited concerns about the level of
indebtedness among a core group
of dairy farmers, with about 10%
of farms accounting for a third of
the sector’s debt, and six months
ago warned the high level of farms
operating in negative cash flow could
lead to an increase in foreclosures.
Lenders are currently working with
dairy farms under financial stress on
an expectation future payouts will
be “significantly higher” than those
in 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons,
the report said. That has increased
debt levels by about 10% over the
past year, and banks’ watchlist loans
now account for about 5.8% of
outstanding dairy lending.
The Reser ve Bank’s initial modelling
shows non-performing dairy loans
will increase to 7.8% of sector debt
under the base case scenario, which
projects a quick recovery in the
payout over the next four years.
Under a severe scenario, where the
payout stayed at or below $5 per
kilogram of milk solids for the next
four years, that would rise as high as
44%, due in part to a sharp drop in
The Reser ve Bank said it was
uncertain how many non-performing
loans would result in defaults though
loss rates for the banking system
would range between 2% and 14% of
all dairy lending. That would amount
to credit losses of between 2% and
18% of pre-tax profit for the five
biggest lenders, “suggesting that they
are manageable for the system as a
whole,” the report said.
The results of the private lenders’
stress testing is expected to be
completed before the end of the year,
and will be reported on in due course,
the Reser ve Bank said. — NZ ME
Reserve Bank seeks dairy loans stress tests
to face trial
The former Malaysian defence attache
who left New Zealand and then returned
to face sexual charges will stand trial
later this month and yesterday pre-trial
issues were discussed at a brief hearing
Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail was
not in the High Court for the chambers
hearing, the contents of which cannot be
Justice David Collins did, however,
allow it to be reported that: “Further
steps are being taken as a consequence of
(today ’s) hearing.”
Rizalman is charged with assaulting
Tania Billingsley with intent to commit
sexual violation and burglary.
The alleged offending happened in the
Wellington suburb of Brooklyn in May
last year, when Rizalman was working as
a military attache at the Malaysian High
He left New Zealand after his arrest
but returned later in 2014.
As the alleged victim in a sexual
prosecution, Ms Billingsley’s name would
normally be automatically suppressed,
but she waived her right to this last year.
Third car theory in gang deaths
Police are investigating the
possibility a third car was involved
in Saturday ’s crash in which three
Mongrel Mob members were
It is also possible that evidence
was removed from the scene soon
communications manager Kris
McGehan said: “ That is part of the
Three men died when their car
plunged down a bank into the
Mohaka River near Wairoa on
The dead are Terry Shane Stone,
31, Ronald Rigby, 53, and Nathan
Isaac, 29, all from Wairoa. A
fourth man sur vived the fall and
it is thought the car may have
been run off the road by another
vehicle. Police had still not found
a blue Japanese model vehicle with
a dented bonnet being sought in
connection with the inquiry. Nor
had they spoken with anyone in
such a vehicle.
On Monday, crash investigator
detective senior sergeant Brent
Greville said evidence at State
highway 2 scene uphill of the
Mohaka Viaduct underpass just
south of Raupunga suggested the
possible involvement of a second
Police were not aware of any
witnesses to Saturday ’s crash. The
white Honda carrying the four
men to a Mongrel Mob Hastings
chapter 50th anniversary at Te Aute
crossed the road and crashed over a
barrier and down a bank, coming to
rest in the river an estimated 150m
from the road.
The Lowe Corporation rescue
helicopter rescued the sole sur vivor,
a man it said was 44, from the
riverbank near the vehicle. He was
not seriously injured, and was taken
to Wairoa Hospital from where he
was discharged on Monday.
The police would not know if the
man had swum to safety or been
thrown out of the vehicle until he
had been inter viewed fully.
A resident of the community in
which the man is thought to have
grown up said he understood the
man could remember little apart
from the vehicle “spinning”.
Ms McGehan said that extra
police resources had been brought
to Hawke’s Bay to help, with
resources stretched after homicide
inquiries surrounding deaths of
a two-year-old boy in Flaxmere
on October 13 and a 24-year-old
woman in Westshore on the night
of October 26. Staff were also
investigating another road fatality
which happened near Te Haroto on
the Napier-Taupo road, less than
an hour after the tragedy on the
Saturday’s deaths took the road
toll in Hawke’s Bay this year to 17,
the same as this time last year.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Four offenders smashed their way
into an Auckland ser vice station early
yesterday, traumatising the sole female
staffer as the stole cash and cigarettes.
Police conducted a scene examination at
the Z ser vice station on Manukau Road.
A spokeswoman said that, about 2am,
four men broke through the glass doors
and confronted the female attendant
inside. They took off with a quantity of
cash and cigarettes.
“The female attendant was left
incredibly traumatised by the incident
and police would like to hear from
anyone who may have any information
which could assist with their inquiries,”
the spokeswoman said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Lift death cause may never be known
The cause of a lift-shaft cable
failing at a Speight’s Brewery last
year — leading to the death of a
repairman — may never be known,
a court has been told.
The death of the self-employed
engineering contractor cost Kone
Elevators Ltd $141,800 in fines
and reparation at sentencing in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday.
The company had admitted
failing to take all practicable steps
to ensure its contractor, Ralph
Ashenhurst, was not harmed while
decommissioning and removing a
lift at the brewery, in Rattray Street,
on or about March 31 last year.
The accident happened when
Mr Ashenhurst was in the lift. A
loud crashing noise was heard by
Upon inspection, the lift shaft was
found to be filled with dust and no
lift cable could be seen.
The lift car had fallen to the
bottom of the shaft with Mr
Ashenhurst inside. The broken lift
cable was seen on the top of the lift
contacted and first aid administered
to Mr Ashenhurst before he was
taken to D unedin Hospital. He
died in hospital on April 2.
Acknowledging the presence of
family members, including some
who had travelled from Australia
and Mr Ashenhurst ’s youngest
son, Judge Michael Crosbie told
the 17-year-old: “I feel your dad
would be proud of you being here
to remember him and saying what
he meant to you.”
The judge also commended the
restorative justice process which
had taken place.
Restorative Justice Otago had
gone to some lengths, with the
support of Kone, to bring the parties
together to understand not only
what had happened but its effect,
he said.“ What deeply impresses me
is the conciliatory attitude of both
He also complimented Kone
senior managers for their “very
handling of the matter.
Of its own volition, the company
had established a $20,000 trust to
provide assistance for the 17-year-
old’s education. It was appropriate
as he was a developing young man,
the judge said.
The summary, from Work Safe
prosecutor Sue Petricevic, of
Auckland, said the estimated height
of the lift car’s fall was about 16.5m.
Experts were unable to agree on
how the wire rope came to be cut.
Neither Work Safe nor Kone
could establish exactly what caused
the steel wire cable to shear or fail
as it did.
No matter what the cause of the
failure of the steel wire cable, the
lift ’s safety gear failed to work.
to Kone, and which it should
have taken, included ensuring
contractors engaged to carry out
the decommissioning had an
appropriate safety system for all
safety issues arising from the work.
The company was convicted, fined
$50,000 and is to pay $91,800
emotional harm and economic loss
reparation to family members, as
specified. — Otago Daily Times
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